Skip to main content

Reply to this post | Go Back
View Post [edit]

Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 28, 2010 1:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH '69

Rough sound, rough vocals, rough and tumble show...but who cares!

This is one of the spiciest of the year and i especially dig because i generally find the latter half of '69 less enjoyable than the rollicking jams of earlier in the year.

Some highlights include killer versions of Me and My Uncle, Cumberland Blues, Hard to Handle and Lovelight. But this show is perhaps most notable for having the absolute, hands down BEST Mason's children ever...check it out!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-28.sbd.cotsman.8999.sbeok.shnf

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 28, 2010 4:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '69

It's true that the second half of '69 lacks in comparison to the first half - but this final week of December was a GREAT run of shows. Especially coming after so many lackluster shows earlier that month. The Boston Tea Party run that followed this fest, while not as explosive as the April run, is very strong and is more in the 1970 style. 12/29 is a rock & roll party; and the 30th and 31st have famous jams. (I mean, two Alligator jams in a row? With Dark Stars, Elevens, and Cautions thrown in? Whew!)

And I feel the Mason's from 12/29 is even better than this one...

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 28, 2010 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '69

You're absolutely right about the December Tea Party shows, but the Mason's from 12/29 can't even touch tne 12/28 performance of the song!

The Mason's from 12/28 is hands down the best preformance of the song ever!

Nothing comes close to either of the two blistering instrumental breaks!

Quintessential Grateful Dead!

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 28, 2010 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '69 (The Week of Many Masons)

Thanks, folks, for calling attention to these back-to-back versions. (The heck if I could name a "best;" they're both awfully hot in my uneducated book!)

And then there are the other Masons that week, too ... it seems that one-third of all Masons ever performed were in the space of this single week, 12/28 to 1/3/70. So that's a nice listening project :-)

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 28, 2010 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Mason's Showdown!

The Masons from 12/28 and 12/29 are easily the best two (and the most jammed-out) - the ones from later in the week don't come close.

After another comparison, I still don't think the 12/28 Mason's is "hands-down" the best - the 12/29 version is awfully close...
These two Masons are like twins really, but they're arranged a bit differently in the solos - on 12/28, the first solo is short, just a minute, and then the second solo goes on for almost five minutes.
On 12/29, the first solo is the long one (four minutes) - it gets quiet and you think it's time for the verse, but Jerry builds up into another big attack. Then in the second solo, he goes wild scrubbing the strings - it could've gone for longer, but he breaks a string, forcing them to go back to the verse!
The sound quality is muddier on the 29th, but I feel the solos hit more intense climaxes. Could hear it differently next time, though...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-29.sbd.8044.sbeok.shnf

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 28, 2010 10:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mason's Showdown!

eehhh...just listening to the 12/29 Mason's again, and i stand by my statement.

not to take anything away from 12/29, Garcia has some beautiful, almost Dark Star like run ups in his first solo, and the second solo is brutal...but the sheer balls of 12/28 just has to put that one over the top for me.

but hey, its all subjective in the end anyway...

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2010-12-29 06:23:06

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: AltheaRose Date: Dec 29, 2010 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mason's Showdown!

1/2/70 is awfully nice, too. Not as jammed out or wild (relatively speaking, of course), but I like the vocals on that one. Not saying "best," just sayin' :-)